TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO) will cease rotating strikes, and take no new strike
action, if Ontario's education minister does not impose collective
agreements after December 31st under Bill 115. The offer extends until a new premier is put in place
at the Liberal Party convention in late January.
"The appointment of a new premier will provide an opportunity to take a
fresh look at the current collective bargaining impasse and find
respectful solutions," said ETFO President Sam Hammond at a media
"Our proposal respects existing collective bargaining processes and the
fundamental rights of our members and all working Ontarians. If the
minister decides to take precipitous action and trigger further
disruption, this will aggravate the situation for parents, students,
and our members."
"Education Minister Laurel Broten and her government must recognize that
Bill 115 is a dangerous piece of legislation. It threatens the very
foundations of Ontario's democratic values and institutions. It is
wrong, and the education sector has called the government to task for
it with our job actions this fall."
Bill 115 gives the education minister unprecedented powers to impose
collective agreements on school boards and locals after December 31,
2012 and prohibit legal strike action. However, there is nothing in the
bill that requires her to exercise those powers.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations, 416-948-0195
Lisa Mastrobuono, ETFO Collective Bargaining Communications, 416-200-3674